Historical Timeline for San Francisco based retailer West Coast Leather Founded in 2003
WEST COAST LEATHER San Francisco
We Treat Each Client Like a Rockstar ... Skip Pas Design Director
Timeline 2003 to 2021
January 2021 – Las Vegas. West Coast Leather becomes a Sponsor for Operation Pipe Dreamers reality competition on YouTube TV. West Coast Leather was honored to make the Season 1 Limited Edition Branded Jackets for the Winners.
December 2020 – San Francisco. West Coast Leather created Master Designer Jerome Baker branded Leather Jackets for his Mega Cannabis Accessory Business.
August 2020 – San Francisco. West Coast Leather Moves its Design Boutique Studio location to 2060 Union Street in the Marina District after the civil unrest in May destroyed its Union Square Location.
December 2019 – San Francisco. West Coast Leather Manager Joe Crane assists former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown with gifts for his loved ones.
December 2018 – San Francisco. West Coast Leather has a visit from Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp from the Hollywood Vampires Band. They both sign our new baseball bomber jacket, which is on display in our Rock’n’Roll Collection. Alice also gifted his wife Cheryl with a new leather jacket.
January 2017 – San Francisco. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, purchases a pink leather jacket she wore for the Woman’s March which features a very unique stingray design
West Coast Leather is contracted by an exclusive winery for production of their famous brand Jean-Charles Boisset, Boisset Collection clothing line
August 2017 - San Francisco. West Coast Leather celebrates its 14-year anniversary with a celebration at the store featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and models showcasing our new Unzipped Collection - release of new fitted sheath dresses in pearlized pink with black zippers and a new fitted short coat dress in white silver moondust leather. This marks the launch of our Wholesale Gift Program and ongoing development of a new racer line of jackets combining tech and fashion.
Spring 2017 - San Francisco. Release of West Coast Leather’s new Black and White Unzipped Collection and new Stretch Leather Collection for ladies - fitted jackets, pants and jumpsuits, super lightweight with an amazing fit, available in all colors. For men we have cafe racer jackets in many new styles with silver hardware for the upcoming season.
September 2016 - Marin. Marin Breast Cancer’s annual gala, Stepping Out for Life fundraiser at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall. Skip Pas and Joe Crane of West Coast Leather fitted all the models in our cutting-edge leather styles. The highlight of this spectacular evening is an uplifting, inspirational fashion show featuring models thriving after breast cancer.
April 2016 - San Francisco. West Coast Leather releases their new Love Biker Style Color Block jackets for women and men. This newly released Love jacket comes in green, blue and red lambskin with silver hardware, in black and white, or in black smooth leather with black suede and black metal hardware.
February 2016 - San Jose. Skip Pas of West Coast Leather is the featured designer at The Glasshouse Fashion Show event in connection with Super Bowl #50 in support of the Aryana Health Care Foundation. Many celebrities attend, including the Carolina Panthers NFL Team.
January 2016 - San Francisco - West Coast Leather is one of the featured designers at the Westin St. Francis NYE Ball featuring the High Fashion Runway Show. West Coast Leather, together with House of Cuocco and Candice Cuocco, fresh of the Project Runway 2015 Season, showed lots of leather as well as super sheer fabric and leather together.
November 2015 - San Francisco. Local artist Nina Fabunmi showcases her amazing paintings at West Coast Leather’s leather boutique. Her wide range of color and subject, along with her cityscapes, are well known in the art community.
September 2015 - San Francisco. Editorial with House of Cuocco & Bay Area designer Candace Cuoco, currently one of the finalists on Lifetime’s Project Runway Season 14.
August 2015 - Marin. Let’s Kick Breast Cancer to the Curb Together. West Coast Leather, in business now since 2003, has been supporting the Marin Breast Cancer Foundation’s annual back tie event fundraiser “Stepping Out for Life” every year, along with many local celebrities. This charity centers on cancer survivors’ Fight for Life. These survivors are the amazing models in this fashion show, which is the highlight of the evening. Skip Pas and Joe Crane fit models in West Coast Leather fashion, making the evening a huge success.
July 2015 - Mill Valley. Fashion blogger Tara Ryan writing Fashion Memoirs pairs a Zac Posen gown with a West Coast Leather short yellow leather crop jacket for an eye-popping fashion statement. The style 6501 asymmetric side exposed zip motorcycle jacket with cafe racer style collar has black details and black metal zippers and French cut sleeves.
May 2015 - San Francisco. Fashion Director Skip Pas showcases Candice Cuocco’s Fall 2014 line in store and manufactures the line through the West Coast Leather factory in LA. Candace has shown her line twice at London Fashion week, and the collaboration with West Coast Leather continues to help her label grow.
April 2015 - Union Square. Union Square city fashion shoot in collaboration with Charleston Pierce takes place in the Stockton Street Tunnel featuring the latest designs from West Coast Leather.
January 2015 - San Francisco. 2015 Leather trends - simple elegant half-sleeve bodycon leather dress in silver suede and black suede available now by special order.
July 2014 - San Francisco. Dark 8 Designer Trunk Show and VIP Customer Appreciation event at West Coast Leather’s Castro Street store featuring a collaboration between Dark 8 and Skip Pas of black python leather skirts and chocolate brown laser cut pants, along with a Breaking Bad nubuck leather jacket with black tribal stingray designs.
April 2014 - San Francisco. Collaboration with Candace Cuoco and House of Cuocco to produce Cuocco’s collection for sale. Established in 2010, Candace was “Best Emerging Designer” in San Francisco in 2013 and produces leather garments targeting the “fierce at heart.”
March 2014 - Los Angeles. West Coast Leather holds an amazing photo shoot at the Leica Camera and Gallery Store on Beverly and Robertson. This photoshoot showcased colored snake and animal print lambskin coat dresses in bright orange with many zippers in an asymmetric design. Animal and snake prints continue to dominate the runways this season.
October 2013 - Castro Street. West Coast Leather opens a second location in the former Diesel store located at 400 Castro Street. This historic building is circular and has exposed brick and beautiful natural lighting inside. Outside there is an LED light show featuring rainbow colors on the exterior of the building. This location perfectly showcases our Fall 2013 Black Leather City Collection.
June 2013 – San Francisco. West Coast Leather celebrates 10 years in business! Join us on Saturday, June 28th from 4-8 for music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and informal modeling featuring our latest collections. Looking forward, we are working on our new Fall collection with a vision toward opening a new location in Chicago.
Spring 2013 - San Francisco. Life Imitates Art - one of our amazing red leather dresses is featured on True Blood. Release of our new Brazilian bodycon dresses in black and exotic animal prints. Our popular leather hoodies for ladies are back in stock for spring as well.
June 2012 – Nevada. Skip Pas styled the fashion shoot for the August 2012 edition of FashionErotica Magazine with Showtime’s Gigolo Nick Hawk and Nick’s entourage of beautiful models. For the shoot, Skip outfitted Nick in West Coast Leather’s exotic inlay jackets, while the girls rocked bustiers and cropped jackets. As the Gigolo, Nick knows all about the art of seduction. Paired with Skip’s sexy leather, this is an irresistible combination.
May 23, 2012 – Orange County. West Coast Leather premiered select pieces from its new Fall collection at the “5th Annual Spring on the Runway Fashion Show Rave” in Orange County, which benefits AIDS Services Foundation OC. Held at a private warehouse in Costa Mesa, the fashion show, put on by the Friends of Dorothy Guild, showcased designers West Coast Leather, Margaritaville Apparel, Rod Alan and LA’s Freedom Reigns. West Coast Leather featured long elegant asymmetrical dresses and matching jackets in pearlized champagne, a summer white leather dress with Swarovski crystals, cool white-washed leather skirts and fitted jackets with decorated inlay. Skip Pas showcased his new men’s collection featuring washed leather jackets with exotic inlays worn open over tight leather pants and leather shirts. The show raised more than $67,000 for ASF and was streamed live on the internet for the first time this year. See more of the show and party at www.friendsofdorothy.org.
May 2012 - Esquire Magazine. West Coast Leather was featured in Esquire’s article and video starring model Chrissy Teigen on the Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts of Attending Live Concerts. See Chrissy in our new lizard mini shorts in the May issue. www.esquire.com/video/#v1565459517001.
January 2012 - Rogue Outlet. Skip Pas opened Rogue Outlet on Sutter Street featuring men’s contemporary outerwear, shirts, jeans and boots. This is the first Rogue Outlet for www.Rogue.us.com .
September 2011 - New York Fashion Week. West Coast Leather debuted their exclusive Anniversary Collection at Fashion Week in New York City in conjunction with the launch of a new Swedish cosmetic brand Divadence. The launch was held at District 36, 29 West 36th Street, in collaboration with Swarovski and featured a runway show. For the Divadence brand launch, West Coast Leather designed unique gift and cosmetic bags in black and white leather with hand lacing, custom leather purses and jackets with Swarovski crystals. For the runway show, West Coast Leather showcased an elegant collection in Ferrari colors, deep blues, white pearls, slate, rouge red and champagne pearl in short decorated jackets, long trench coats, evening dresses with Avencon lace and exotic animal print styles.
Fall 2011 –8th Anniversary Celebration - New York and New Stores. In celebration of their eighth anniversary, West Coast Leather re-released some of their most popular classic leather designs from the last decade, along with their new Fall collection. The Fall 2011 collection is all about classic styles and sophistication in gorgeous Ferrari colors - deep blue pearl, champagne and white pearl, grey slate and rouge red. Exotic animal prints and snakeskin designs continue to dominate the runways. From fitted sexy red and black evening dresses to blazers and coat dresses, this is West Coast Leather’s most elegant collection to date. A new fitted halter dress with zipper details, a new tunic length vest and a short fitted double collared coat with an asymmetrical hem really stand out. Long leather trench coats for men and women are must-haves for this season and mirror the classic genre featured throughout their Fall collection. West Coast Leather is very excited about showcasing their new collections at New York’s Fashion Week in September as part of a launch for a new Swedish cosmetics company Divadence.
2011 has kept West Coast Leather busy with many fundraising events, from the Friends of Dorothy HIV/AIDS fundraiser in Orange County, to the Stepping Out for Life fundraiser for the Marin Breast Cancer Foundation in early October, to our second year supporting the Bellarmine Financial Aid Fashion Show “Reel to Real” show in San Jose, also held in October.
Spring 2011 – New Spring Collections and Adding to Our Boutiques. West Coast Leather’s new Spring collections feature a new jacket line by J. Motto for West Coast Leather, super soft fitted lambskin jackets with high-end silver belted hardware applications, trapunto stitching details and nailhead details for women and men. For Spring, they released a new military inspired line, with a double-breasted long peplum coat for ladies with suede trim, short belted riding jacket with suede detailing, new streamlined straight fit leather pants for ladies, a new fitted longer vest for ladies, leather cuffed walking shorts and lightweight leather shirts for men. Release of versatile new rich brown suede coat dresses. Heading into Spring, monochromatic themes abound. Black and white, all shades of grey, as well as animal print continue to dominate the runway. West Coast Leather is now featuring shearlings from Paris, a high-end fur line for ladies and men, Solo Classe Italian leather gloves, the Stronghold Collection of riding jackets from Michael Paradise, Cocoa jeans, dresses from Constance, shoe boots and new couture pieces from Tosca Soroya.
November 2010 – Bellarmine College Preparatory Fundraiser – West Coast Leather featured in “Leather Legacy” show. San Jose’s Fairmont Hotel hosted the Bellarmine Financial Aid fashion show fundraiser. This year’s theme “Imagine – A Band of Brothers” was inspired by John Lennon’s lyrics and also addresses the socially conscious component of Bellarmine’s philosophy of students being supportive of their fellow students. West Coast Leather featured all of their vintage rock and roll leather fringe jackets, pants and wild-colored leather creations from the 70’s. Father Wade, from the college, even donned a cool vintage black leather biker jacket with silver concho detailing and a Dead Rocker tee shirt from West Coast Leather and rocked it down the aisle. The show was a huge hit and raised a significant amount of money for the student endowment. Please see the video link on our website for the Leather Legacy segment.
Fall 2010 - Chicago’s Water Tower Plaza Welcomes West Coast Leather. West Coast Leather returns to Skip’s roots, opening up a new premium boutique in Chicago’s Water Tower Plaza. Skip Pas started in the leather business working for North Beach Leather in Chicago 25 years ago and now as West Coast Leather, we are reconnecting with many of our previous customers in Chicago.
June 2010 – Pret-A-Porter, Press Club, San Francisco. West Coast Leather’s famous coat dresses and pieces from their recent collections were featured in the Pret-a-Porter Show at the Wine Bar Press Club in San Francisco. Along with West Coast Leather, other featured designers were Anya Tatarenko, Magdalena Trever, Namita Couture, Mikelsen – Rock Chiq, Tosca Soroya, Vayaro accessories and the line Work Clothes.
February 2010 – Release of City Collection and Spring/Summer 2010 White Leather Collection. West Coast Leather participated in the “Baby Be Mine” charity fashion show for Haitian Disaster Relief. Produced by Charleston Pierce Presents and held at Temple in San Francisco, the show featured West Coast Leather’s Spring/Summer 2010 White Leather Collection. West Coast Leather donated one of their newest antique biker jackets from the City Collection for the silent auction. All the ladies sported either all white leather or white and black leather combined. Model Nico Rodney was featured in the men’s Black Leather segment of the show. Many local San Francisco designers showed off their newest pieces during this show and the event was well covered by the local media. Please see pictures on their website.
Fall 2009 – New Boutique on Grant Street. West Coast Leather opens a new premium boutique in San Francisco’s Union Square, located at the corner of Grant and Sutter. Their existing store in the Westfield San Francisco Centre continues to carry leather for everyone, as always. This new boutique provides a showcase for their custom pieces in a beautiful new light-filled space.
October 2009 – Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Charity. West Coast Leather designed and donated an original corset handbag to This Old Bag Charity event at the W Hotel to benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. The BCEF fund helps people recovering from cancer to pay their bills and focus on recovery.
May 2009 - Wounded Warrior Benefit, Playboy Mansion. West Coast Leather participated in the Stars and Stripes function at the Playboy Mansion to benefit the Wounded Warrior Benefit. West Coast Leather created two custom Moto jackets for this event. Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends - the twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon - modeled the jackets at the mansion. The jackets, both West Coast Leather Style #6040, were made in a special pink fascia washed skin with white exposed zippers, silver hardware and the Playboy bunny insignia in crystals on the back and sleeves of the jackets. The event was hosted by Playmates Victoria Fuller, Jessica Burciaga, Sarah Stage, Masumi Max, Metal Sanaz, Maria Venus, Mindi Smith and Kina Tavarozi. We currently have one of the jackets, signed by Victoria Fuller, in our store. Please see pictures on our website.
Spring 2009 – New Sexy Leather Corset Collection released. West Coast Leather releases an exciting new line featuring a new fitted corset bustier, lace up corset jacket, corset skirt and pants in black, red, white and turquoise.
March 2009 – A&E Show – “The Cleaner.” West Coast Leather outfits Benjamin Bratt, Grace Park and Esteban Powell in leather on the new show “The Cleaner” which runs on A&E.
February 2009 – Cher’s Operation Helmet Charity. West Coast Leather created custom leather jackets for Cher for her Operation Helmet charity. Operation Helmet upgrades helmets for our US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to help protect them from head injuries. The “Cher” jacket is the same belted Moto biker jacket that Cher wore in her Turn Back Time tour and video on the USS Missouri aircraft carrier in 1989. West Coast Leather brings it up to date with Swarovski crystal details, silver zippers and Cher’s name in crystals on the back of the jacket. Cher autographed one of the jackets, which is on display in our store. See pictures on our website of Monica and James Sexton, the owners of Z-Line Racing, with Cher as she signs the jacket. Cher and NASCAR racing legend Kyle Busch are deeply committed to the research being done by scientist and founder of Operation Helmet, Dr. Meaders.
February 2009 – West Coast Leather’s New Moto Collection for Men. Release of men’s “Next Generation Collection” – black on black leather Moto line. West Coast Leather creates a custom jacket for One Life to Live actress Portia Reiners, whose character Brittany Jennings wears the jacket on the Valentine’s Day show, which aired February 13, 2009.
October 2008 – Kenny Logins Tour Jackets. West Coast Leather creates specialty rock and roll themed tour jackets for his upcoming tour.
October 2008 - Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue. West Coast Leather is commissioned to make two short-fitted white Moto jackets with zipper detailing for former Playmate of the Year and actress/comedian Jenny McCarthy. Ms. McCarthy is promoting Generation Rescue, which she founded to help other parents of autistic children.
West Coast Leather also produces a custom jacket for Victoria Fuller, who was Playmate of the Month in January of 1996 and again appeared in May 2005 issue. Victoria has appeared on the Amazing Race, is known for her artwork and is currently the only commissioned artist working for Playboy.
October 2008 – New Store in Westfield San Francisco Center. West Coast Leather opens a new store in the Westfield San Francisco Centre at 865 Market Street. With retail anchors Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, West Coast Leather is the premier leather boutique in the Mall.
Summer 2008 - Wholesale, Neal Schon and Criss Angel. West Coast Leather continues to expand its wholesale business and searches for the perfect San Francisco location to showcase their beautiful leather collections.
West Coast Leather makes several custom jackets for Neal Schon of Journey, as well as for Criss Angel to wear in his new Las Vegas mega show.
Spring 2008 - MAGIC Apparel Show Booth in Las Vegas. West Coast Leather has its first booth at the MAGIC convention in Las Vegas, showcasing some of their latest collections. West Coast Leather is honored to have three of their newest couture pieces included in the MAGIC Runway Shows featuring new designers.
Spring 2007 - Eleven-11 – New Exotic Leather Collection. West Coast Leather unveils the new collection from ELEVEN-11 – leather like you have never seen before! Eleven-11 features washed skins with inlaid and overlaid retro hand lacing combined with exotic skins, like stingray and crocodile, in intricate designs. West Coast Leather releases its multi-colored sports collection and new specialty Swarovski crystal and leather collections. “As we move forward with our name, we will continue our tradition of sophisticated designs, use of the finest quality leather, excellent service and outstanding product care.” - Skip Pas, Design Director.
Spring 2007 - JD Nicolas and West Coast Leather on American Idol. JD Nicholas, the lead singer from the Commodores, wears the Scarface exotic skin jacket from the Eleven-11 collection on American Idol.
Fall 2006 - Sergio Guttierez and Liquid Metal Collection. Release of Fall/Winter collection featuring new breakthroughs in leather fashion. West Coast Leather collaborates with jewelry designer Sergio Guttierez of Liquid Metal to produce new cutting-edge leather pieces with inlaid metal jewelry. West Coast Leather, LLC is formed, a partnership between entrepreneur Scott Walker and company founder Skip Pas.
Fall 2006 - Pussycat Dolls. Lead singer Nichole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls wears the black French lace dress while presenting at the Scream Awards on the Nick network.
Fall 2005 - West Coast Leather Opens in Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall. West Coast Leather opens up a new boutique in the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas.
Fall 2006 Las Vegas Nevada Magician and Actor Criss Angel wears his custom specialty jacket from us on the cover of the magazine of the first edition of the MGM Magazine for its exclusive clients. West Coast Leather gifts a leather blazer to Criss Angel’s mom after her release from the hospital.
Fall 2005 - Black Collection Catalog. West Coast Leather releases the Black Collection Catalog featuring models Donna Feldman, Irena Verona and Yvette Ward. Skip Pas believes that Black Leather is always in Fashion.
April 2005 - New Collections and Trunk Show at Grant Street Boutique. First Spring and Spring 2 Collection trunk shows – April 28th to 30th at the San Francisco store from 1:00 to 7:00 with informal modeling, champagne and light refreshments.
March 2005 - North Beach Leather closes; West Coast Leather opens. The North Beach Leather San Francisco store location officially transitions to West Coast Leather. Moving forward, West Coast Leather plans a new and exciting Spring Collection, as well as new store openings to continue in 2005.
October 2004 – Drew Barrymore Promotion. West Coast Leather’s sleek black leather pants are worn by Drew Barrymore for the upcoming Charlie's Angels movie and are featured in the promotional poster.
Fall 2004 - West Coast Leather Opens in the Dallas Galleria. The first West Coast Leather store in The Galleria in Dallas opens.
Fall 2004 - The Black Widow Wears West Coast Leather. Women’s Billiards USA Champion Jeanette Lee, “The Black Widow,” wears West Coast Leather’s little black leather tank dress and black leather pants to ESPN events and at public appearances.
Fall 2004 - West Coast Leather Dresses Gamer Nation. West Coast Leather dresses VJs and hosts on the video game TV show Gamer Nation.
August 2003 - West Coast Leather Officially Opens for Business in San Francisco. Skip Pas, former General Sales Manager of North Beach Leather, forms a new company, Gold Coast Leather, Inc., dba West Coast Leather, and reopens the San Francisco store. Business progresses and sales remain steady, enabling West Coast Leather to move forward and introduce new collections.
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West Coast Leather Design Studio and Boutique Location 2060 Union Street Suite #1 San Francisco California 94123 Call Client Services Ask for Joe Crane General Manager or Skip Pas Fashion Director Designer and Brand Founder in 2003 415 362 8300